‘Chemical spill’ tragedy claims two lives at poultry factory
Emergency services and the Health & Safety Executive have begun investigations into a suspected chemical spill in Attleborough, Norfolk after two men died at Banham Poultry factory.
The pair, both pest control subcontractors, were discovered early on 4 October, close to the chicken processing site.
An ambulance service spokesman said despite several response teams and an air ambulance attending, nothing could be done to save the two victims.
The factory, which is the largest employer in the town, was closed today. Railway operator Greater Anglia also prevented trains stopping at nearby Attleborough station.
The local MP, Tory George Freeman, who tweeted his condolences said the deaths were reported to be the result of a chemical spill in the area.
Just days earlier the family owned Banham Poultry had announced it was seeking a buyer.
At the start of the year it had announced it was close to achieving a turnover of £130 million in the present financial year. The factory employs around 1,000 people in the local area.